Social Enterprise Capacity Building in Ontario


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This presentation summarizes the social enterprise Capacity building work done in Ottawa, London, and rural Ontario. It was presented at the Ontario CCEDNet conference on June 8th, 2011 in Toronto.

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Social Enterprise Capacity Building in Ontario

  1. 1. Ontario CCEDNET Conferece<br />June 8th, 2011<br />Social Enterprise Capacity BuildingCross Regional Learning<br />
  2. 2. Agenda<br />Visioning<br />Sharing Experiences<br />Foundation for Rural Living<br />Causeway Work Centre<br />Pillar Non-Profit Network<br />Common Threads & Comments<br />Small group discussion<br />Closing – Harvesting Insights<br />
  3. 3. Visioning<br />If money were no object what would be the ideal way to build capacity for social enterprises in your community?<br />
  4. 4. RSEP Vision of Success<br />
  5. 5. Purpose of RSEP Project<br />To build capacity in social enterprise development in rural constituencies through:<br />Workshops<br />Coaching consulting<br />Peer networking<br />Linkage to resources, SE sector and SE “intermediaries”<br />
  6. 6. Three Target Groups<br />Rural non-profit staff, volunteers, directors and social entrepreneurs<br />Project partners – regional CED organizations<br />Social enterprise development “intermediaries”<br />SE funders, academics, capacity builders<br />
  7. 7. Approach summary<br />
  8. 8. Developing Collaborative and Regional Partnerships<br />Developed a collaborative with FRL, C. Lang Consulting and EkoNomos<br />Co-applicants on Trillium grant with community partners<br />Develop working relationships with regional CED partner organizations:<br />Huron Business Centre, Perth Community Futures, Waterloo Wellington CFDC, PARO in Ontario’s North) and one community of interest cluster<br />Aim to enhance local and regional capacity of all partners and collaborators and build case for rural SE supports<br />
  9. 9. Getting Organized<br />Theory of Change<br />Logic Model<br />Evaluation Framework<br />Project Planning and Collaborative Team Development<br />Communications Planning<br />
  10. 10. Project Delivery<br />Workshops:<br />SE Primer and Feasibility workshops<br />Tailored consultations and referrals<br />Peer networking and linkages to SE Sector<br />Consultations:<br />Customized consultations with up to 50 organizations<br />Working with Intermediaries<br />
  11. 11. Intermediary Strategy Targets <br />Started with focus on funders or prospective funders of social enterprise<br />Identified additional audiences including:<br />Policy makers in a position to affect the funding environment for SE in rural Ontario<br />Academic researchers interested in SE and CED (e.g. Carleton University CCCI)<br />Social enterprise capacity builders in Ontario (e.g. Pillar Non Profit, CISED)<br />Rural Municipalities and Municipal Economic Developers – Warden’s Caucus, ROMA, EDCO<br />
  12. 12. Building Support for Rural SE<br />Activities include:<br />Calls and ongoing collaboration with CISED and Pillar Non Profit<br />Involvement in June 7 meeting of SE researchers across Canada<br />Presentation at June 8 Regional CCEDNet Conference<br />Outreach to specific academics researching SE in Ontario<br />Share project learning with funders and prospective funders<br />Convene intermediary meeting with funders and prospective funders<br />Potential for follow on funding application to take project work and partnership further<br />
  13. 13. Partnership Development<br />Key project strategy:<br />Regular Teleconference with Partners – 1 x month<br />Regular Collaborative Team meetings – 1 x month<br />Other calls as needed<br />
  14. 14. Accomplishments to date<br />
  15. 15. Workshops<br />6 Primers Delivered (1 via web conference 5 on-site)<br />5 Feasibility Workshops (1 via web conference 4 on-site)<br />105 people registered; 92 people participated in workshops<br />Still to do – 3 part webinar series for up to 40 people<br />
  16. 16. Profile of Participants<br />Even split between NFPs and Charities; few unincorporated groups and social entrepreneurs<br />Good diversity in terms of organizational focus<br />Majority of registrants were Directors, followed by program managers; directors and volunteers wore “many hats”<br />Majority of organizations were small to mid size ($100,000 - $500,000 budget – 27%), though large and very small organizations were present<br />50% had some knowledge of SE, but 22% had no knowledge at all<br />
  17. 17. Consultations<br />30 of 50 projects have been approved for the consultations<br />Several other projects are still being considered<br />Consultation applications still be accepted<br />
  18. 18. Working Well<br />Relationship with community partners<br />Testing of different technologies to do video conferencing, conference calls, webinars<br />Project planning and evaluation/documentation – on course<br />Connections of partners to local NFP community – different in each region<br />
  19. 19. Challenges<br />Language of social enterprise not resonating with groups that could use support<br />Early stage work with vulnerable organizations<br />Identified need for employment alternatives for underemployed rural folks<br />Lack of seed funding for SE exploration and development<br />
  20. 20. Going Forward<br />Complete webinar series in June<br />Complete consultation over the summer<br />Complete intermediary strategy before October<br />Have 2 – 3 learning sessions to assess results and document learning for publication<br />Communicate learning with key audiences<br />Explore potential for follow on work to address gaps and needs – possible joint application to Trillium<br />
  21. 21. Experiences From Ottawa<br />CISED<br />
  22. 22. Collaborative for Innovative Social Enterprise Development<br />22<br />Vanier Community Services<br />
  23. 23. Vision<br />
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  25. 25. Accomplishments 2009-2011<br />31 organizations have taken the SE 101 workshop<br />7 well attended events held for SE’s<br />16 SE’s have accessed one on one business coaching<br />11 student projects requested, 2 completed (market research & video development)<br />3 social enterprises have worked with Carleton to analyze their SROI<br />$20,000 secured for pilot business development grants<br />
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  27. 27. Going Forward<br />
  28. 28. Experiences from London Ontario<br />Social Enterprises for Creative and Sustainable Communities<br />
  29. 29. Social Enterprise for Creative & Sustainable Communities<br />Also Trillium funded<br />Started in March 2011<br />3 community partners <br />CISED and Sarnia Community Roundtable as learning partners <br />
  30. 30. Approach<br />Preparing to offer workshop series in the fall<br />Starting monthly Social Enterprise Exchange gatherings<br />Preparing to offer one on one coaching<br />Launching Pillar Consulting Group for SE and nonprofit needs<br />Community case studies by Ivey on creating SE support systems<br />
  31. 31. Learning Outcomes:<br />IN THE THREE COMMUNITIES<br />CISED in Ottawa<br />Sarnia Community Roundtable<br />London – Pillar Project<br />
  32. 32. Common Threads and Connections <br />Origin of program materials from same root – TEF, EkoNomos and C. Lang Consulting<br />Role of United Way important<br />Place based approach<br />Regional partnership development<br />Commitment to learning, inter-regional sharing and joint strategies<br />Mix of workshops to large groups and one on one coaching<br />Importance of available seed funding<br />
  33. 33. Small Group Discussions<br />What from these models is applicable in your community?<br />What differences, if any, should there be between rural and urban support of social enterprise?<br />What other SE capacity building models are out there (in Ontario and around the world)? How are they different from those presented and what can we learn from them?<br />How useful, if at all, would collaboration be between all of the different SE capacity building projects? What shape could this take?<br />
  34. 34. Harvesting Insights<br />What is one insight from this session that you will take away?<br />
  35. 35. More info<br /><br />C. Lang Consulting<br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br />